With his father recuperating in Denver, and his brother recovering from a recent gunshot wound, Justin Boden finds himself not only running his family's ranch, but trying to solve a decades-old mystery. Who is this powerful enemy that will seemingly never give up until the Bodens have lost their land?
Angie DuPree is finally learning to express herself and make up her own mind after having been completely managed by a manipulative mother and hurtful husband for most of her life. When she comes to stay at the Boden's ranch to help care for Justin's brother, can she trust herself to keep her own identity as she and Justin spend more and more time together? Despite all the chaos of his life, Justin can't manage keep Angie off of his mind. Will he decide that she's safer by his side, or out of his life completely?
In Long Time Gone Mary Connealy takes readers on yet another entertaining adventure in the Wild West. Perhaps I'm just partial to the New Mexican setting, but the Cimarron Legacy series seems to be one of Connealy's best so far. Her character development continues to evolve and improve with each attempt. While I definitely enjoyed this second installment in the series, it doesn't stand well on its own. If I hadn't read No Way Up, there's no way I would have been able to follow the plot of Long Time Gone. Having read the previous installment so many months ago, I still had trouble jumping right back in to the story. Connealy's latest effort is definitely worth reading... just make sure to brush up on Boden family history first!
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.